The cloud is transforming healthcare delivery in nigeria

Victoria Oresanya
02 Jun, 2021 - 0 Comment(s)

Contemporary technology has raised the standards of administration and service delivery for many healthcare providers. It has enabled them to create virtual records for their patients and staff, share test results with authorized parties, and strengthen the security around sensitive data.   

Cloud technology sits at the core of these advances. It’s the pillar that holds up much of today’s HealthTech. Without it, even our most equipped hospitals may have remained as inefficient as their counterparts from two decades ago.

In summary, the cloud offers hospitals and other medical institutions an opportunity for greater efficiency and, consequently, sustained growth.

Here, we will discuss some of the impressive gains that accrue to businesses when they transition their records and tasks to the cloud.

Collaboration and Integrated Care

Cloud-based communication tools are removing a major obstacle to better service delivery for hospitals and patients alike. Now, hospital staff (including doctors) can communicate with each other, and with their patients, in real-time. On the whole, it’s less expensive than conventional voice calls and presents multiple ways to interact with patients.

Other factors held constant, the cost savings and efficiencies afforded by the cloud give doctors some extra room for more thorough patient examinations.

A big concern for hospital management teams is the inefficient link between segments/teams of their hospitals. Sometimes, important files are “lost in transit,” or bed spaces aren’t properly allocated because the team in charge has received incorrect information from doctors or nurses.

Cloud technology can help hospitals solve this problem. All that’s needed is a cloud-based platform that lets authorized members of staff stay in touch with each other. Doctors, nurses, technicians, and Human Resources personnel can collaborate on various tasks and set up virtual meetings regardless of where they are (within or outside the hospital).

Greater Scalability for Lower Costs

As a healthcare provider attracts more patients, it will need to expand its resources to cater to them. Unlike older storage and compute solutions, the cloud allows organizations to scale their IT capacity to meet current or future demands.

Given this, hospitals are able to purchase just the right capacity and tie their expenses on this front to the data volumes they expect to handle. They can always scale further up as the need arises. Maximizing resource use becomes incentivized; users are now extra conscious about getting the most for every naira they spend.

One practical means of cutting costs around healthcare is the replacement of traditional phones with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) devices. Users have reported up to a 30% drop in their voice-call expenses after adopting this technology.

The broader set of cloud solutions have achieved similar degrees of cost reduction for their users. Whether it’s Hospital Management Software, Electronic Health Record, or automation tools, cloud-based tools are helping healthcare managers to reduce the cost of service delivery in this sphere.

Strengthening Security and Accessibility

When properly implemented and maintained, the cloud guarantees strong security for its users’ files. Items saved on the cloud are often safer than files held in your computer’s local storage. That’s because it’s harder for cybercriminals to access the former. 

Hackers are able to break into systems and steal information stored in them. But if you keep a copy of that material in the cloud, it’ll be encrypted, so that intruders will struggle to extract it. Hospitals, which are sometimes a target for these malicious actors, can protect themselves against the menace of hackers and hardware thieves by adopting a cloud-first strategy.

However, hospitals and other healthcare facilities should remain active partners in any security plan. IT service providers will typically manage and troubleshoot security issues from their end. Their clients—hospitals in this case –may complement this with updating applications early, using strong passwords, and granting access only to those who should have it.

The point about granting access is crucial. Many virtual break-ins happen partly because staffs at the hospitals in question were complacent about cybersecurity. Again, the cloud may do them a world of good, but they have to play their role too.

The Cloud Will Power Future Healthcare Services

In 2018, the global cloud-based HealthTech industry was worth $12.3 billion. That’s according to Acumen Research, an American research and consultancy company. They predict that the market will get past the $40 billion mark by 2026.

A lot of this growth will be driven by new cloud applications. But some ‘future cloud-based technologies’ may already be with us, albeit deployed by few organizations or implemented in semi-experimental situations.

Not surprisingly, organizations operating in so-called mature economies have greater access to the early iterations of these products. They enjoy the benefits that come from a blend of cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML).

Taken together, a marriage of ML and the cloud could yield things like predictive diagnoses, sophisticated AI voice assistants, and real-time monitoring of patient’s health, among others. The COVID-19 pandemic has given the world a reason to utilize tools in this category. Contact tracing and remote patient monitoring have been widely used. Both are typically carried out with cloud-dependent applications.

A Cloud Services Partner You Can Trust

The potential gains for healthcare centers that adopt cloud technology are many and exciting. From the collaboration between teams to sharing test results and prescriptions, positives abound.

However, if institutions want to get best-in-class results from the cloud, they will often have to work with cloud technology consultants to achieve it. Hospitals in Nigeria aren’t always keen on hiring in-house IT teams, so they have to outsource the management of their cloud to cloud service providers.

This is where Layer3Cloud comes in. For years, we have helped numerous organizations transition to the cloud, and enjoy the benefits that come with applying it. Our high-performance private networks and data storage solutions can enable hospitals and other organizations to function smoothly. We also take care of our client’s concerns around security.

If you would like to find out more about our cloud services and their impact on the businesses we serve, you can get in touch with our agents here.